<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/141da/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Wednesday saw the New South Wales government commit $1 million dollars to upgrade the current Sydney convention and exhibition facilities at both Darling Harbour and Olympic Park.The investment has already been welcomed by major tourism bodies, with the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) noting that both sides of the NSW government appeared to be taking the meetings sector more seriously.“I am pleased that the government has recognised that Sydney needs a world-class Conventions and Exhibition Centre,” said Matt Hingerty, ATEC Managing Director.“Sydney’s existing convention infrastructure, including the Darling Harbour Convention Centre has served us well for many years. However now is the time for us to invest in the future and build something that will put Sydney back at the head of the pack in global terms.”Already this year, Sydney’s meetings sector has secured 45 events which would contribute more than $220 million to the state’s economy.“We have 105 events already booked right up until 2017 representing an estimated $638 million for the city – but with better facilities, we can win even more business,” adds Jon Hutchison, Business Events Sydney CEO.“Global competition for business events is extremely fierce which is why it’s important for Sydney to demonstrate its commitment as a leading and long-term destination for business events.”This year has seen a renewed focus on the Meetings Incentive Conventions and Events sector (MICE), with Melbourne launching a purpose-built conference centre early in the year.
Source = Quest Apartment Hotels Quest St Kilda Road Opens Weeks Before Australian Grand PrixQuest St Kilda Road Opens Weeks Before Australian Grand PrixQuest Apartment Hotels opened its latest property, Quest St Kilda Road, just weeks before the start of Melbourne’s world-class sporting event, the Australian Grand Prix.Located between Commercial and Toorak roads, the apartment hotel is just a short walk to Albert Park Lake and provides easy access to Melbourne’s central business district and the bay-side suburb of St Kilda.Quest Apartment Hotels General Manager – Growth, James Shields, said Quest St Kilda Road is a perfect choice for business and leisure travellers visiting the cultural and business precincts that make up the area.“St Kilda Road is a key thoroughfare into Melbourne’s Central Business District and hosts many major corporate and government headquarters. We believe the Melbourne Metro project will provide a further catalyst for the corridor, connecting businesses with the CBD through improved public transport accessibility.“In addition, the amenities provided by Royal Botanical Gardens, Albert Park and Melbourne’s world-class arts precinct will be greatly enjoyed by business travellers, families and larger groups alike. We are certainly happy to open Quest St Kilda Road in time for one of Australia’s premier sporting events,” Mr Shields said.The apartment hotel was developed by EBG Development and features 104 serviced apartments including studio, one and two bedroom apartments. The site forms part of the New Charsfield development, a mixed-use development integrating the heritage listed Charsfield Mansion in its foreground.Catherine Mapperson, who started her career as a receptionist at Quest South Yarra Mews, was appointed franchisee by the apartment hotel operator. Quest St Kilda Road is Catherine’s third Quest franchise and brings more than 20 years of apartment-hotel management experience to the role.“We’ve generated a lot of interest from the business community, but we’re also pleased to see large groups and families choosing Quest St Kilda Road as their extended stay accommodation of choice.“The City of Melbourne, South Melbourne and Albert Park Lake contains some of Australia’s most recognised landmarks and commercial centres, so we’re very pleased with the unique service-offering this location allows,” Ms Mapperson said.Quest St Kilda Road features complimentary WiFi, business lounge, a gymnasium and wheelchair accessibility. Additional services include room service powered by Deliveroo, on-site carparking, valet dry cleaning and concierge, housekeeping and business administration services.Quest St Kilda Road is one of eight new properties scheduled to open across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom over the next two years including Burwood East (VIC), Joondalup (WA), Orange, North Sydney (NSW), Quest Tauranga Central, Quest on Tuam, Quest Mount Eden (NZ) and Liverpool (UK).